Upper Madison River Fishing Report

Friday, May 18, 2018

Upper Madison Fishing Report

Current Conditions:

The Upper is open all the way from Hebgen to Ennis Lake.  The farther down river you go the more it is impacted by run off from mountain tributaries so the water closer to Ennis may or may not be fishable on a given day.  On the flip side the river near Hebgen and Quake lake is almost always a good option this time of year. Cabin and Beaver Creeks can produce sediment but often not enough to completely blow the river out.  The West Fork at Lyons can pump in a lot of mud but the east bank of the river often stays good for several miles. Worms and big stone flies are the ticket and it is mostly a nymphing game for a while.

The Month Ahead:

Again, keep an eye on the USGS flow charts, or swing in the shop for an updated report, as flows will be up and down on the Upper over the next two months. Fortunately though, Hebgan Dam buffers the big push of water in Spring, so there is almost always water to fish on the Upper throughout Spring. Do not shy away from 12 inches of visibility, as the trout are still eating, and that is plenty to get them to see your flies. Try bigger, darker or flashier flies in the slower water where the trout have enough time to see it, and react on it before it disappears.

Long Term Fishing Forecast:

The Upper Madison is a very consistent fishery and this season should continue to produce good results up and down the river. With a higher than average snowpack this year, flows will be up and down, but just continue to drive upstream if the water is too dirty down low.